Dead and Compose keys (was: Re: Romanized Singhala got great reception in Sri Lanka)

Andrew Cunningham at
Tue Mar 18 18:42:51 CDT 2014

Different individuals,  groups and communities can bring their own
expectations to input layout designs.
Design is a balance between capabilities and limitations of the input
framework versus the expectations of the user community around how they
language should work.

I work with multiple operating systems and even more input frameworks.

I have my preferred input frameworks. But it ultimately air is a question
of knowing your tools.

For instance, if you compile a keyborad layout from the commandline with
MSKLC you can chain deadkeys,  build against custom locales in Vista and
Win7, or build against unsupported language codes in Win8+

On 19/03/2014 9:13 AM, "Tom Gewecke" <tom at> wrote:

> On Mar 18, 2014, at 12:52 PM, Andrew Cunningham wrote:
> I suspect it was a fishing expedition to illustrate how awkward it is to
> type on Unicode keyboard layouts versus his system.
> Interesting question perhaps.  Is it more awkward to type 14 strokes as k
> a a r y y a a l a v a l a  or to type 9 as  ක ා  ර  ්‍ය  ්‍ය  ා  ල  ව  ල ?
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